So last week I was browsing the blogs I have marked and while reading Cathy Zielske's, I was introduced to my new messenger bag. It came today. I adore it. Seriously. It has the coolest little keychain inside. I had a really hard time deciding what fabric to go with, but I'm glad that Steph convinced me to go bold and get the green paisley. It's fabulous. Anyway, it's from elisalou designs - she has some really cool bucket bags as well, and her jewelry is pretty awesome too. I may become a return customer :)
So... on to the creative juices thing.
One of the things I love the most is when my creativity really gets ramped up and I just can't keep from coming up with ideas... when I have to carry a notebook constantly and I sketch during my meetings at work. Lately, however, I've been coming up with more ideas than I can handle and yet I'm feeling totally inferior about everything that comes out of it. I think it's wonderful when I do it, but then I look at the work of other artists I admire and I just want to round-file the hole thing.
Enter Rhonna. I mentioned earlier that I'm a big fan of Rhonna Farrer's work. She has this challenge that she does on her website called the 21-Day Challenge. The premise is that any habit can be made or broken in 21 days. She ties in art as a way of keeping yourself on task and working out issues - you complete a page or layout in an art journal ever day for 21 days; each day there's a different quote that goes with the theme that you work from. For anyone who's at all familiar with art journaling, it's a very cathartic practice. I've always wanted to try it, but I was always worried that it wouldn't come out looking perfect, or cool, or funky, or just amazing like all of the art journals that I'm familiar with. How can I be scared of my own art and what's inside of me, though? So, this week as I've been reading the daily quotes that are posted as the inspiration for each day of the challenge, I realized that all of those quotes were practically shouting at me. It was *exactly* what I needed to hear and at the right time. So, I decided to use the challenge to not only get over my feelings of inferiority about my own work, but to attempt to achieve the goals that I've set for myself over the last few weeks, that I've been struggling with. I'm a few days behind, but today I got a notebook and started. How totally freeing! Anyway, here's the first page.
The quote to kick off the journal is by M. Russel Ballard:
"I am thouroughly convinced that if we don't set goals in our life and learn how to master the technique of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When you learn to master the principle of setting a goal, you will then be able to make a great difference in the results you attain in this life."
So... here's day one :)
It looks better in real life... lol. I ADORE my Prismacolor pencils and my new white pens. Pure bliss. I feel so much better just having done this! Getting all caught up in it helped me get one day further in my goals all by itself!